Konstantinos Zoulas, the president of Greece’s national broadcaster ERT, revealed on December 2nd that Greece’s song for Eurovision 2023 will be chosen by both an artistic jury and a citizen committee.
Greece’s song selection details
News outlet Iediseis reported following a live announcement by Zoulas on the show Studio 4. Just like last year, a seven-member artistic committee assembled by ERT created the shortlist of songs. Zoulas said that, of 106 songs submitted to ERT this year, 30 made the shortlist.
In light of the new voting rules for Eurovision 2023, ERT will follow a similar model; the public vote will count for 50.6% of ERT’s song selection, while the jury vote will count for 49.4%. Zoulas clarified that Greece will not be having a national final, but the public vote will be comprised of the citizen committee. The Iediseis article also recapped the voting changes for its readers; you can read all about them here.
Selecting the citizen jury
ERT is currently considering making an open call to viewers for participation in the citizen jury. Zoulas hopes that this will allow ordinary people interested in Eurovision to participate. No employee of ERT may participate, and ERT will try to have all age groups represented, but younger generations will be more represented than older generations.
Zoulas anticipates putting out the open call at some point during this coming week.
Greece’s history at the Eurovision Song Contest
In 1974, Greece made its debut to the Eurovision Song Contest with “Krasi, thalassa ke t’agori mou” (Κρασί, θάλασσα και τ’αγόρι μου) which placed 11th. Since then they have participated on 42 occasions (40 of which made the Grand Final), and have won once, in 2005, with Helena Paparizou’s “My Number One”.
Greece’s most recent Eurovision participation saw them being represented by Amanda Tenfjord with the song “Die Together”, which saw Greece qualify for the Grand Final, where they placed 8th, after receiving 215 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News source: Iediseis
Photo Credit: EBU & ERT